Make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth with our Child and Youth Care Worker program
Learn from Home!
During this challenging period, we are now offering an online admissions process and the opportunity to start learning online in many of our programs. Through remote “face-to-face” instructor-led classes, students will experience interactive learning in the comfort and safety of your home. Contact us to find out more.
youth care workers support at-risk children, youth, and families through a
variety of treatment and prevention measures. A career in this role means you
will be working predominantly with children and youth who may have experienced
abuse, addiction, neglect, trauma, family strain, and/or have behavioural or
provides students with specialized training in four key areas: developmental
psychology, professional practice, support modalities, and practical
experience. Students will also learn, understand, and recognize aspects of
normative and non-normative development in children and youth.
completion of the program, graduates will be able to demonstrate competence in
intervention, communication, activity planning, and cultural diversity.
Graduates will also be able to pursue employment opportunities in youth drop-in
centres, after-school programs, alcohol and drug prevention programs, youth-at-risk
and outreach programs, teen pregnancy centres, special needs programs, and
This program includes a practicum experience so students can gain relevant work experience before graduation.
Why Study at Sprott Shaw?
- Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources for the community support field
- Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams
- All-inclusive tuition where what you see is what you pay. Our tuition includes registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more
- Access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation
- Certificates including Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), First-Aid, and WHMIS
- Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army, Positive Living Society BC, YMCA, posAbilities Association of BC, Hope for Freedom Society, Union Gospel Mission, John Howard Society, and more
- Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait
Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma Program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Demonstrate knowledge of human development and the factors that may affect development
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical standards
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s scope of practice for British Columbia
- Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively and professionally with clients and other professionals in the field
- Apply knowledge and skill when working with children and youth in a variety of settings